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1in singular An event or situation that proves to be unexpectedly enlightening.‘a visit to the docks can be a fascinating eye-opener’
blow, upset, disturbance, source of distress, source of amazement, source of consternationView synonyms
- ‘The film was shot on location in West Yorkshire, which proved an eye-opener for a middle-class university-educated Hindu woman from north London.’
- ‘The riveting testimony would prove an eye-opener into the working of Lastman's inner circle.’
- ‘But his unscripted comments would prove a major eye-opener.’
- ‘It proved a real eye-opener for the three continentals.’
- ‘And that's one of the things that I think has been a real eye-opener in this volunteer experience.’
- ‘The trip proved to be an eye-opener in terms of art, culture, social orderings and, not surprisingly, landscape.’
- ‘If anything, this experience has been the biggest eye-opener I will ever encounter.’
- ‘It's an incredible eye-opener to be at such events in person.’
- ‘It was not just this unexpected love of Shakespeare that proved an eye-opener.’
- ‘But it's his journey tomorrow to Indigenous communities on Cape York that may prove the biggest eye-opener.’
- ‘The two productions I saw were eye-openers as far as youth theatre was concerned.’
- ‘An unexpected eye-opener was our trip to see a soccer match at the national stadium.’
- ‘The events connected with St. Mary's Feast should be an eye-opener.’
- ‘It's possible to have read widely in French history and yet experience this book as something of an eye-opener.’
- ‘The accounts given by those doctors who had Maori ancestry were real eye-openers.’
- ‘For experienced newscaster Gordon Burns, surviving all day without being able to take incoming calls proved a real eye-opener.’
- ‘This is the first season Selby have had a team in the county league for over ten years and the experience has quickly proved an eye-opener for their players.’
- ‘And home hunting can be a quite an eye-opener of an experience in the city, especially if you are a newcomer looking for a roof to stay under.’
- ‘Yorkshire couple Lizzie Lowe and David Poole spent two weeks putting the system to the test and found the experience to be an eye-opener.’
- ‘The experience was an eye-opener for Thomas and, she says, made her appreciate her current career all the more.’
2North American An alcoholic drink taken early in the day.
beverage, drinkable liquid, potable liquid, liquid refreshment, thirst quencherView synonyms
- ‘Murphy and Clovis were enjoying an eye-opener in their cell as the morning sun streamed through the window bars in thick shafts.’
- ‘Much to my chagrin, we drove past Skip's without stopping for an eye-opener.’
- ‘Talk about a little eye-opener before your first cup of java!’
- ‘Comorbid clients also were more likely to have used alcohol or drugs as an eye-opener and to have been annoyed by others who criticized their use of alcohol and/or drugs.’
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